Grant Ballantyne is an early career researcher with three years’ experience at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC). He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering) with Honours Class 1 and a GPA of 6.375 from the University of Queensland in 2007. His Doctor of Philosophy in the field of Mineral Processing Engineering was conferred by the University of Queensland in 2012. He was also awarded two presentation awards during his PhD as well as the prestigious Zinifex and Ian Morely prizes acknowledging the quality of his thesis.
During his short career, Grant has supervised 4 vacation student projects, 1 undergraduate thesis and 3 RHD students. He has also authored 6 confidential reports, 3 industry publications, 9 international conference papers (4 refereed) and 5 refereed journal articles (4 of which were first author and in ERA A* publications).
Energy efficient comminution has become Grant’s major research theme, and as such he is focussed on the industry applications supported by fundamental theoretical understanding. He has been part of research teams investigating process improvements at Tanami (gold), Northparkes (copper/gold), Mineral San Cristobal (lead/zinc/silver), Cadia (copper/gold), Mogalakwena (platinum) and Telfer (copper/gold). In 2014 he has also led two research and training groups (8 researchers including RHD students) to conduct comminution circuit assessment at Sunrise Dam Gold Mine and Citic Pacific’s Iron Project.
Grant is passionate about equipping the next generation of metallurgists through undergraduate lecturing, postgraduate supervision and professional development courses. He leads the comminution component of the Metallurgical Engineering program at the UQ. For three years he has been the lead researcher responsible for the annual, 2-week Comminution and Minerals Processing program as part of the Sandvik International Mining School.
Grant Ballantyne will facilitate the Smart Mining Efficiency workshop on Monday 30 October which will highlight a range of solutions, help you to understand how to access and use free benchmarking tools, enhance your understanding of improvement options that have worked in other operations, and learn about a raft of new technologies and emerging advances. There are limited seats available for this workshop so register now.